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irwin 33

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I have lived on mine since 93.
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Oh man, it's great to hear from another owner! What year is yours? How do you like her?
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Mine is a 1974 shoal draft. As I said I have lived aboard of and on since 93.
She is not the greatest boat around but I have grown used to her and her peculiarities. The storage was a disaster as the layout was to sleep 7 and I live alone (mostly). So I have converted pilot berths into storage and built a cabinet down the port side with a shelf space enough for clothing, bedding etc. Also cut out the molded bins under the settee's to increase storage space there. I swapped the Atomic 4 for a Yanmar, and the prop to match. I have re-rigged and made new sails. My Bimini is custom designed by me for proper protection here in FL. And for all that due to a more recent lack of funds she is in need of love and attention. I still have her after 18 years so I guess I like her. I also know all about her cheap construction and other issues, but what the hell. She has taken me thousands of miles and only scared me occasionally so I guess I will keep her.
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did you have trouble with the mast support? my boat is built like a tank, also built in 74
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Yes! Below the cabin sole and what passes for a compression post was an iron pipe and flange down to the hull. It rusted and broke, allowing the mast to drop about 1". Not much but it slacked the rig and bulkheads moved below decks. It happened about 45 miles from Dry Tortugas, crossing the Gulf stream. So I tightened the rig a bit, sailed conservatively and eventually made it home a week later.
The repair consisted of removing all trace of the pipe and all. I ground down to fiberglass, and replaced the pipe with a fabricated wooden post (laminated 4X6), It was all soaked in resin and epoxied in position. I had a system of hydraulic jacks and props to jack everything back into position, and lift the bulkhead to get the replacement part installed. While the mast was down I also cut out and replaced the deck core below the mast step. Since then, about 15 years, no more issues.

I take it you have had some issues as well?
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Yeah, I discovered after buying her that she had a problem with the area of the hull that supports the compression post. Apparantly there was originally a wooden support between the post and the hull that rotted away. Either the first or second owner replaced the wood with metal...no problem, but one of them tightened the hell out of the rigging, probably before they discovered the rotted wood and was experiencing sag. Anyway, that opened-up a whole new can of worms that I have fixed, and have tuned the rig to proper specs. What's wierd though is the mast is in the c-line fore and aft, and athwortship, but it is turned maybe a degree to port. The other strange thing is the mast has a slight bow in it that I can't get rid of unless all the rigging is loosed. The bow goes aft which causes the top of the mast to go forward ever so slightly. The funny thing is she points better than an irish setter. So, where are you on the west coast of Fla?
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